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Published:Tuesday | October 31, 2017 | 12:51 AMErica Virtue

Jubilant Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) supporters brought the main street in Annotto Bay to a standstill, forcing everyone and everything to a halt for several hours, as the party held a celebration meeting at the car park in the town yesterday.The JLP...

Published:Monday | October 30, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Concerns over long waiting time for the results of Pap smear tests in public health facilities have forced some of Jamaica's most vulnerable women to use private facilities at costs ranging from $2,500 to $5,000.But the National Public Health...

Published:Sunday | October 29, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Six months after the Teachers Services Commission (TSC) ruled that she was unfairly dismissed, Sonia Clarke Lee, the former principal of Spring Gardens All-Age in St Catherine, is demanding the more than $20 million in salary she believes she is...

Published:Sunday | October 29, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Antoinette Williams, the Kingston mother whose unborn child's life was possibly saved by an intrauterine blood transfusion at Victoria Jubilee Hospital (VJH) in July, has lauded medical personnel at the maternity hospital for the work they did...

Published:Sunday | October 29, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Keith Duncan, chairman of the Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC), has urged residents of the North East St Andrew community of Grants Pen to make the best use of their educational opportunities the first time around, and prepare for...

Published:Thursday | October 19, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

As the October 30 by-elections near, rising campaign temperature, political gaffes, and platform utterances have forced Political Ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown into action, calling for a meeting with representatives of the two political parties...

Published:Wednesday | October 18, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Opposition spokesman on National Security Fitz Jackson is questioning the Government's commitment to the zones of special operation (ZOSO), the crime-fighting and social intervention tool applied by the Andrew Holness administration.Jackson told The...

Published:Sunday | October 15, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

He bears the name of two of Jesus' disciples, and those who know the mild-mannered pastor John-Mark Bartlett said he was perfect for the position as head of the Wildman Street Pentecostal Tabernacle (Pentab)."Having seen the victimisation of...

Published:Monday | October 9, 2017 | 11:16 PMErica Virtue

Annotto Bay, St Mary:An unruly and impatient crowd forced members of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) into action at the nomination centre at St Theresa's Catholic Church in Annotto Bay, St Mary, earlier today.Soldiers and police were forced to...

Published:Monday | October 9, 2017 | 4:20 PMErica Virtue

A large crowd of People's National Party (PNP) supporters was on hand to see Dr Shane Alexis nominated as the party's candidate for the by-election in the St Mary South East constituency left unrepresented by the death of Dr...

Published:Saturday | October 7, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

They came, they saw, and they behaved like senators, including being bored with the business of the Upper House. Except that they were kindergartners, aged two to six years old, from the Truth Tabernacle Early Childhood Education Centre in...

Published:Friday | October 6, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

A Commonwealth Foundation-funded study on the air and water quality for the island of Jamaica has revealed a raft of worrying concerns, including high levels of air pollution, lack of regulations, and even where they are present, lack of...

Published:Wednesday | October 4, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Members of Parliament (MP) who lost millions of dollars to some implementing agencies for years, yesterday vented their frustration during a meeting of the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) committee of Parliament at not being reimbursed.MPs are...

Published:Sunday | October 1, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

For more than 25 years, Ean Garth Dixon carried a gun as a member of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF).Dixon was in the first batch of Jamaican soldiers to land on Haitian soil following the earthquake in 2010. Months after returning to Jamaica, he...

Published:Friday | September 29, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

The United Pentecostal Church (UPC), the umbrella organisation of apostolic churches in Jamaica, yesterday confirmed the dismissal of Wildman Street Pentecostal Tabernacle (Pentab) pastor John-Mark Bartlett.The confirmation came by way of a two-page...

Published:Tuesday | September 26, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

John-Mark Bartlett, pastor of the largest congregation under the United Pentecostal Churches (UPC) banner, has been given 14 days to resign as head of the Wildman Street Pentecostal Tabernacle (Pentab) - the Kingston-based church he has led for...

Published:Monday | September 25, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

The Senate on Friday suspended debate on the Agricultural Loans Societies and Approved Organisations Act for a date to be announced, as lawmakers believe more time was needed for closer examination of the bill piloted by Senator Pearnel Charles Jnr....

Published:Monday | September 25, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Fitz Jackson celebrated his massive win for the position as People's National Party (PNP) chairman over long-time deputy chairman Anthony Hylton, saying that it was the loss of the latter but a win for the party and Jamaica, following yesterday's...

Published:Sunday | September 24, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Long-serving deputy Chairman Anthony Hylton, and Fitz Jackson, a key confidant of the party's relatively new president, Dr Peter Phillips, will square off in a historic race today as the People's National Party (PNP) elects its first new chairman in...

Published:Saturday | September 23, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Education Minister Senator Ruel Reid yesterday made his contribution to the State of the Nation debate in the Upper House with a presentation, which though heavily skewed to the education side of his portfolio, nonetheless included a brief mention...

Published:Friday | September 22, 2017 | 12:53 AMErica Virtue

Prime Minister Andrew Holness yesterday told journalists that it was not the intention of the Government to withhold information, although the Government’s chief spokesman has had to offer numerous clarifications on policy issues from Cabinet...

Published:Wednesday | September 20, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Jamaica is expected to reap significant benefits with the addition of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the country's energy mix, and the environment is being touted as the big winner.Ahead of a planned conference on natural gas with local and...

Published:Monday | September 18, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Dr Shane Alexis, the People's National Party (PNP) candidate in St Mary South East, told hundreds of delegates and supporters attending the public session of the 79th annual conference of the party yesterday that he was the right doctor for the...

Published:Sunday | September 17, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

As major local entities seek to lower their electricity bills by introducing liquefied natural gas (LNG) to their energy mix, the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) is being urged to tweak its operations to move with the times.Major JPS customers...

Published:Sunday | September 17, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

New British High Commissioner to Jamaica Asif Ahmad pushed hard for the posting in Kingston as it was one he really wanted.Ahmad, a banker who turned diplomat, told The Sunday Gleaner that he was selected from a number of candidates in the British...

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